When Barry Trotz arrived as the newly named head coach of the New York Islanders he brought considerable credibility with the NHL odds. Trotz had just led the Washington Capitals to their first ever Stanley Cup title and was the only coach that Alex Ovechkin ever had who could coax a full 200-foot game out of the Great Eight. Now with nowhere near the talent that he had in Washington Trotz is engineering a remarkable rebuild of the Isles. In the same way the Boston Bruins are showing no hang over from their epic seven game loss in the Stanley Cup Final last June to the St. Louis Blues.
New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins
Date and Time: Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7 p.m. ET
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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Islanders vs. Bruins TV Coverage: NBCSN
New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins Wagering Odds Analysis
The Bruins are the epitome of a Blue Blood Original Six team with great tradition, name recognition and public backing with the NHL odds. Sharps and bargain hunters will be more inclined to give the Islanders a good hard look as a quality road dog. Boston will garner much more casual public betting support.
New York Islanders Current Form
New York enters this game with a record of 22-7-2-0 and has gone over the total just 11 times this season. The Islanders have NHL metrics of 18th for goal scoring, 14th for the power play, second for goals against and 15th for penalty killing.
Boston Bruins Current Form
Boston has a mark of 21-7-2-4 with just 15 games going over the total. The Bruins rank fourth for goals scored, third for the power play, fourth for goals against, and 10th for penalty killing.
Key Islanders: C Matthew Barzal (13 G, 14 A, 27 PTS, +14, 3 PPG, 3 PPA, 19.7 SPCT), C Brock Nelson (11 G, 14 A, 25 PTS, +2, 2 PPG, 2 PPA, 11.3 SPCT), D Ryan Purlock (4 G, 11 A, 15 PTS, +1, 1 PPG, 3 PPA, 6.2 SPCT), G Semyon Varlamov (11-3-2, 2.24 GAA, .928 SV%, 1 SO), G Thomas Greiss (11-4, 2.16 GAA, .932 SV%)
Key Bruins: LW Brad Marchand (18 G, 32 A, 50 PTS, +18, 3 PPG, 12 PPA, 20.0 SPCT), RW David Pastrnak (28 G, 20 A, 48 PTS, +12, 13 PPG, 5 PPA, 20.9 SPCT), D Torey Krug (7 G, 16 A, 23 PTS, +15, 2 PPG, 4 PPA, 16.7 SPCT), G Tuukka Rask (13-4-3, 2.24 GAA, .926 SV%, 2 SO), G Jaroslav Halak (8-3-3, 2.26 GAA, .928 SV%, 2 SO)
New York and Boston against the Spread
The Islanders are:
3-5 against the spread in their last eight away games
2-9-2 under the total in their last 13 road matchups
6-1 with the odds in away games at the Atlantic Division
1-6-3 under the total at the Atlantic Division
2-5 in their last seven games at TD Garden
1-7 under the total in away games vs. the Bruins
The Bruins are:
5-2 in their last seven home games
2-6 under the total on home ice
12-2 in their last 14 games against the Islanders
2-7-1 under the total head to head with the Isles
13-3 at TD Garden against Metropolitan Division teams
1-5 under the total when hosting the Metropolitan Division
New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins Free Picks
Both of these teams play among the best and tightest defense in the NHL. The difference here will be the Bruins vastly superior goal scoring ability. Boston has been the better value at home in this head to head series.
Islanders vs. Bruins NHL Odds Best Bet: Boston Bruins
Islanders vs. Bruins NHL Odds Score Prediction: Bruins 4, Islanders 2
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